Model fungi

Model fungi are commonly studied yeasts, moulds, mushrooms, filamentous or other fungal species chosen for the ease of investigating particular biological phenomena. Research on these fungi provide biological insights relevant to other organisms in areas such as genetics, cell biology, meiosis and pathogenesis.

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News and Comment

  • Research Highlights |

    A recent study re-casts proteomic analyses as a DNA sequencing problem; by fusing in vivo-expressed proteins to their encoding mRNA, molecular interactions can be identified and quantified through high-throughput nucleic-acid sequencing.

    • Linda Koch
  • Research Highlights |

    A study reports on the suitability of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a platform for the assembly and maintenance of diverse RNA virus genomes, including SARS-CoV-2.

    • Linda Koch
  • Research Highlights |

    The elimination of all cross-talk in a signaling pathway turns a yeast cell into a model cell that can sense and report on metabolites.

    • Nicole Rusk
    Nature Methods 16, 457
  • Editorial |

    Despite depressingly common misconceptions, fungi are not plants. However, the alliances made between these two forms of life could be an inspiration for the research communities that study them.

    Nature Plants 4, 977